Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Program Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis is a branch of behaviorism in which the principles of behavior are applied to the social issues to systematically change and improve behavior.  This program will prepare individuals to:

  • Enter careers working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Treat challenging behavior in various populations and settings
  • Work with others to increase compliance with treatment strategies and recommendations
  • Teach target audience new skills, promote positive behavior; and assess behavioral conditions

Program Requirements

Completion of the ABA program requires a total of 45 credit hours. Students accepted into and enrolled in the program will register for 9 credit hours each semester, which includes both coursework and practicum hours. The program will span 5 semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring).

Students will be required to take 18 hours of the core courses, in addition to 12 hours of elective coursework related to developmental disabilities.

Students possessing a Master's degree in Psychology or Education can be considered for the Certification Only Program.  This program comprises of 21 credit hours with students completing nine credit hours a semester .  The Certification Only Program can be completed over 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer).

Course Credits
Core Courses 18
ABA 246 - Ethics and Professional Issues 3
ABA 251 - Theoretical Foundations 3
ABA 262 - Principles of Behavior Analysis 3
ABA 263 - Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3
ABA 264 - Behavioral Assessment 3
ABA 265 - Behavioral Interventions 3
Elective Courses in Autisim and Development Disabilities 12
ABA 248 - Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3
ABA 267 - Evidence-Based Teaching 3
ABA 268 - Verbal Behavior 3
ABA 290 - Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPED 220 - Introduction to Special Education 3
SPED 222 - Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 225 - Introduction to Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilties 3
SPED 272 - Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities 3
SPED 276 - Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs 3
Practicum - Take three credits per semester 15
ABA 292 - Supervised Practicum in ABA 3

 

Certificate Requirements

Students possessing a Master's degree in Psychology or Education can be considered for the Certification Only Program. This program comprises of 27 credit hours with students completing 9 credit hours a semester.  The Certification Only Program will be completed over 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer).  

Course Credits
Core Courses 18
ABA 246 - Ethics and Professional Issues 3
ABA 251 - Theoretical Foundations 3
ABA 262 - Principles of Behavior Analysis 3
ABA 263 - Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3
ABA 264 - Behavioral Assessment 3
ABA 265 - Behavioral Interventions 3
Practicum - Take three credits per semester 9
ABA 292 - Supervised Practicum in ABA 3

 

Admission

Admittance to the ABA graduate program requires successful completion of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Individuals that do not meet the GPA requirement should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission for further information. 

Students possessing a Master's degree in Psychology or Education can be considered for the Certification Only Program.

Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; please have all materials submitted 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission (soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552), or visit the ABA application web page.


2017-2018 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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